May 26, 2008

The Oaks do heavy metal the way Queens Of The Stone Age do rock: they take a tired format and twist into something remarkable. The Oaks are slick, strange, and a hell of a lot of fun to listen to. It’s hard to believe that three instruments can make so much a spectacular racket. If I hadn’t seen them with my own eyes, I’m not sure I would have believed it. (This is an extremely polished demo.) The last track, “Deerhead,” has anthem written all over it. The only question is: anthem to what? Drunken hunting? Taxidermy? Whatever, keep this band in your sights. 

 –Jim Ruland (www.myspace.com/oaksmusic)